Cameron Thomas had himself quite a debut weekend in St. Louis and his efforts have been rewarded by the SEC.
Monday the SEC named Thomas the conference’s Freshman of the Week after scoring a combined 52 points in LSU’s games against Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville and St. Louis. Thomas led the Tigers in scoring in both games.
In his collegiate debut Thursday against the Cougars, Thomas scored 27 points, going 10-21 from the floor and hitting four three-pointers; Thomas also added two assists. Per LSU, he became the 13th player in program history to score at least 21 points in their varsity debut. Thomas powered LSU to a 94-81 season opening win.
Two days later Thomas filled it up for a second time, scoring 24 points against the Billikens and again hitting four three-pointers. For the second game in a row, Thomas had a pair of assists on Saturday, but LSU came up short against St. Louis, losing 85-81. LSU trailed St. Louis by 10 at halftime and Thomas nearly brought the Tigers all the way back by himself, scoring 21 points in the second half.
“It’s no coincidence our offense bogged down in the first half when he isn’t out there,” Will Wade said. “When he’s out there you have to account for him which opens up the driving lanes and just opens everything up for our team. We learned some things and we can use him better moving forward.”